How do I know she is ready to be potty trained?

Olivia - posted on 08/08/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 3 and will not go on the toilet? How do I know when she is ready? What do I do?

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Marianne - posted on 09/09/2009

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usually you can tell when they go all night without having an accident, or wetting their diaper. that's the best way to tell, besides your child coming to you and telling you that he/she needs to go.

Lilyn - posted on 09/09/2009

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am trying to potty train my 2 year old, and he is willing to have underpants on in the day, but will NOT do a #2 unless he's in a diaper..i've "caught" him halfway through when he's squatting and pushing so he's got skid marks on his diaper or pants, but once i put him on the potty he won't push! what to do?

Sue Anne - posted on 08/20/2009

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I understand that when her night diaper is dry, it's time she has develop control and ready to be toilet trained.. also to tell her and prepare her it's going to happen at such and such time... Personally.. I'm not ready to toilet train my 2yr 4mth yet! Seems like hard work!

Carla - posted on 08/19/2009

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normally they let u know, my son is 3 and started by coming to me when he done a number 2 in his nappy and laying down for me to change him, they will get to a stage where they wont like the feel of it, no im potty training but he still wont pee and poo completely by himself yet, but will say mum poo or mum nappy, they will start to let u know but start putn her on toilet every hour so she knows thats where she goes and make her sit on it for bout 15min longer is better and first thing in morning is good they always gotta go then

Arwen - posted on 08/18/2009

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At that age, I would start taking her every hour. On the hour, tell her, "It's time to potty!" Let her sit for a few minutes, tell her to try to peepee or poopoo. If she does, give her a sticker or some kind of reward. Soon she'll love going. =)

Annie - posted on 08/18/2009

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You will just know, they will act more interested. you will sometimes have to make them and take them often but they will get the hang of it!

Amanda - posted on 08/17/2009

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They will tell you when your ready majority of the time although that is not always the case with some children, i know here to go to preschool at 4 if you are planning on it they will not allow your child to if he or she is not potty trained, My class is the trainers class, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2, some start younger in the toddler class if they are ready and let you know they are.... 3 1/2 they move up to preschool if they are potty trained, if not by 4 they skip it. Some kids just will show no interest, so its my job to get them interested. Talk about big girl undies, I know at work i will tell them if they go potty they can have big girl underwear if they stay dry, sometimes we even put big girl underwear over their pullup or diaper, it shows them its there and they want to get rid of their diapers even more, turn it into a game like songs, you can get potty training books. Suprises, my son is 18 months and is potty training already, hard to beleive i know but he is, suprised me even when i decided to try it one day since he would start to tell me when he had to poop, anywho back to what i was saying about suprises, i keep a huge tuperwear thing full of suprises, whenever he goes potty he gets one of something in there, and i like to mix it up so he doesnt get the same thing over and over again, especially an m&m twice in a row, no thanks lol, m&m's, stickers, pretty hair berrets, stuff she likes or might be intereste din but small. Also sometimes what it does take is just to put them in underwear,save diapers for night time or nap time, but during the day just underwear, accidents will happen at first its expected but it does work.

Clare - posted on 08/16/2009

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my daughter was jst over a 1 yrd old when she got potty train ad my middle boy was over 3yrs old ad the playskool he went to help bt i am trying to get my youngest boy out of nappies during the day bt he doesnt wont to now so hoping that when he goes playskool in september while help him as he will be 3 at the end of september,

Mikila - posted on 08/16/2009

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my niece took off her diaper, squatted on the floor and as she was doin her business looked up and said poo poo......she was 16 months and ready 2 be potty trained....

Antoinette - posted on 08/14/2009

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all the moms have great info... it is pretty much when the child is ready to go to the restroom..if you are very determined to train her be prepared for a battle if she is not wanting to do so..our older children were trained by 15 months now we have sort of started over with new little ones 4yr old girl that was slow to train because daddy was not ready for his little girl to grow up that quick.. and in about a month we will begin the training session for our son just once a day take him to the potty see if he wants to sit then we will move to twice a day then three times a day and so on until he is trained we usually do this for about 2 - 3 months and then they do it themselves for about a year or so til they are ready for the big people spot. What every you do I wish you the best in your choice.

Lynn - posted on 08/11/2009

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it's true, they do tell you when they are ready. My daughter is almost 4 now, but she pretty much trained herself at 2 1/2. She saw her mom and dad go on the "big people toilet" and one day I accidently walked in on her. Give her time, she'll do it when she is ready.

Cassandra - posted on 08/11/2009

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Well my youngest is proving to break all the rules.My oldest potty trained herself at 13 mths, weird but true. My middle potty trained during the day at 2 and still wets the bed at 6. My baby is 2 1/2 and goes on her toilet whenever she feels like it. There is no trick, they just do it themselves!

Kathryn - posted on 08/11/2009

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I agree with what Kaylie said but also look for signs like her watching you when you are in the loo or another child and hopefully asking questions, she may hold herself too, don't pressurise just talk about it and introduce the potty, let her choose one if you can and start to take it everywhere with you. If she goes to an early years setting, ask the staff to talk to her about it too as they should work with you. When she starts if it is still a bit rocky try a reward chart but make it achievable (little steps) - hope this helps

Kaylie - posted on 08/08/2009

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she will tell you when she is ready, you could buy her a potty and let her sit on it in her own time even if she has her pants on you could also do something fun while she is sitting on it by reading or even singing, also try doing it at the same time (you sitting on the toilet and her on a potty) hope this helps

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